North Korea launches two more projectiles into Sea of Japan

WORLD NEWS North Korea launches two more projectiles into Sea of Japan

Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea has fired two more unidentified projectiles into the Sea of Japan, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported Friday.

The projectiles were reportedly fired from the northeastern city of Hamhung. South Korean military is monitoring the situation in case of additional launches.

This is the fifth missile launch in recent weeks from North Korea.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Posted On 09 Aug 2019

Mom and daughter discover new bug species when daughter over-waters flower garden

PHOTO: Laura Sullivan-Beckers poses with her 5-year-old daughter Sylvie. (Courtesy Laura Sullivan-Beckers)(NEW YORK) — Most people who have watered flowers with a 2-year-old know what comes next: the flower bed is quickly flooded.

In the case of Sylvie, a then-2-year-old, and her mom, Dr. Laura Sullivan-Beckers, a biology professor, when Sylvie over-watered their backyard flower bed, the pair discovered a new bug species.

“The [bugs] were deep underground,” Sullivan-Beckers told ABC’s Good Morning America. “I wouldn’t have noticed them if she hadn’t flooded the flower bed.”

Sullivan-Beckers and Sylvie’s discovery of a type of treehopper was just confirmed Friday when it was published in the July issue of the Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, a quarterly journal.

Their journey began in 2016 when Sullivan-Beckers, a professor at Murray State University in Kentucky, had the summer off and decided to garden with Sylvie.

“I put some wildflower seeds in [the flower bed] and let her water it for me and enthusiastically flooded the soil,” she said. “When it happened, I could see these bright green bugs float up to the top of the soil.”

Sullivan-Beckers said she studied treehoppers as a Ph.D. student and quickly noticed these bugs were unique. The species was stored by wasps underground to feed their developing larvae.

Over the next few days, Sullivan-Beckers completely excavated the entire flower bed, took pictures, collected species. Then over the next two months, she went back to the flower bed twice per day to excavate the top layer of soil, all with Sylvie by her side.

“My neighbors started worrying about me at this point,” Beckers recalled. “One neighbor came by one time and said, ‘Laura, honey, are you OK? You’re digging in the soil every day and it doesn’t have any flowers.'”

Sullivan-Beckers sent the specimens she collected to a specialist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for review. Three years later, the USDA official called and confirmed that she and Sylvie had discovered a new species.

“I screamed and called my mom and dad,” Beckers said of her reaction. “It was kind of ‘hold your breath’ for a long time so it was a big relief.”

The USDA official who called Sullivan-Beckers, Stuart H. McKamey, a research entomologist at the USDA/ARS Systematic Entomology Laboratory, described her discovery as “rare.”

“What makes this find especially interesting is that its closest relatives are all in South America,” he said. “We don’t know how or when it got to Murray, Kentucky, and we don’t even know where else it is found in the U.S.A. or elsewhere, but I doubt it evolved there because there’s nothing similar within 1,000 miles.”

Sullivan-Beckers asked and was allowed to name the species Hebetica sylviae in honor of Sylvie.

“It was really special,” she said. “It is amazing to be able to discover a species but then to be able to name it after my daughter because she was involved very critically to the discovery, is just phenomenal.”

Sylvie, who is now 5, said she doesn’t remember much of helping her mom discover a species, but is still excited about what her mom has accomplished.

“It’s cool,” she said.

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Leslie Jones announces Netflix comedy special to air in 2020

Entertainment News  Leslie Jones announces Netflix comedy special to air in 2020


Netlfix(LOS ANGELES) — Leslie Jones announced Thursday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live that she’s starring in her first Netflix special to air next year, and Netflix made it official on Friday.

“Y’all finally get to see like what I really do,” Jones said on Kimmel. “I am actually a standup comic. I mean, it’s great to be the actress and the sketch[es] and all that stuff but I am actually a standup. Hard core. That’s what pays the bills.” 

The Saturday Night Live star, who’s been doing standup comedy since she was 16 years old, will tape her special September 10 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Jones’ career is on fire now: She just joined the cast of Coming 2 America, starring Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, and Wesley Snipes. The three-time Emmy winner can next be heard as the voice of Zeta, the villain, in Angry Birds 2. 

Jones admitted to Jimmy Kimmel that her addiction to the Angry Birds mobile game became so expensive, her family had to take it off her phone.

“You keep playing and then you get that iTunes bill and its $767, and then you really become angry,” she said. “My sister was like, ‘No. I’m taking it off your phone. Off your iPad. You are restricted.'”

Angry Birds 2 opens August 16.  It also features the voices of Tiffany Haddish and Sterling K. Brown.

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ESPN: Antonio Brown threatens he won’t play football without old helmet

Sports News ESPN: Antonio Brown threatens he won't play football without old helmet

Photo by Deanne Fitzmaurice / ESPN Images(OAKLAND) — New Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has filed a grievance against the NFL over league rules regarding helmets.

League sources told ESPN that Brown wants to be allowed to wear his preferred helmet, which is not permissible under the NFL’s rules. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says Brown believes the new styles of helmet inhibit his vision while trying to catch passes, and that he will not play football unless he is allowed to do so in his old helmet.

ESPN reports that Brown’s absence from training camp is tied more closely to the helmet issue than a foot injury that he has been recovering from. Earlier this week, reports indicated that Brown had suffered frostbite on his feet from a cryotherapy accident.

Brown spoke with league officials Friday on a two-hour conference call to argue his point. A decision come could next week.

The helmet Brown prefers was discontinued by its maker, Schutt, and is no longer certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment. The league said last season that 32 players were wearing helmets that are no longer allowed, including Brown and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

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France says it speaks for itself on Iran, reacts to Trump criticism

WORLD NEWS France says it speaks for itself on Iran, reacts to Trump criticism

Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(PARIS) — The French Foreign Ministry said Friday that it remains committed to de-escalating tensions around the Iran nuclear deal, and that it has the authority to speak on the issue, following a rebuke from President Trump.

The statement followed President Trump’s tweets Friday morning that declared Iran “is in serious financial trouble” and criticized France and other nations for “purporting to represent” the United States. He said that French President Emmanuel Macron, among others, are giving Iran “mixed signals.”

“I know Emmanuel [Macron] means well, as do all others, but nobody speaks for the United States but the United States itself,” Trump tweeted.

France, however, insists that it does not need any authorization to act as they have to de-escalate tensions since the U.S. backed out of the nuclear agreement.

“France is faithful to the Vienna agreement that prevents nuclear proliferation,” reads the statement from Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs. “It respects its signature, as do the other parts of the agreement, with the exception of the United States, and it urges Iran to return to compliance.”

“Every effort must be made to prevent this conflict situation from turning into a dangerous confrontation,” Le Drian added.

Macron has taken the lead in trying to save the 2015 nuclear deal since the United States pulled out. Iran has reacted to the U.S. withdrawal by breaching uranium-enrichment limits put in place in the deal.

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Generator issue causes London power outage

WORLD NEWS Generator issue causes London power outage

ZoltanGabor/iStock(LONDON) — Large parts of London and the southeastern part of the United Kingdom were without electricity on Friday night.

The outage, caused by the failure of two power generators on National Grid’s network, caused train services in and out of the capital to be delayed and cancelled. There were also issues with traffic lights and the London Underground.

National Grid said later on that their systems responded to the failure as expected, “disconnecting an isolate portion of the electricity demand.” That action, the company says, protected the system and allowed for quick restoration of power.

Electricity was restored by 6:30pm local time, National Grid said.

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Jake Lacy talks new movie ‘Ode To Joy’, recalls joy of going from a “superfan” of ‘The Office’ to a castmember

Entertainment News  Jake Lacy talks new movie 'Ode To Joy', recalls joy of going from a "superfan" of 'The Office' to a castmember


L-R: Martin Freeman, Jake Lacy/IFC Films(NEW YORK) — Actor Jake Lacy’s name might not ring a bell, but you probably know him as Pete Miller on the ninth and final season of The Office.

He’s been busy of late, appearing opposite Oscar-winner Sam Rockwell in the series Fosse/Verdon, and wrapping a series adaptation of Nick Hornby’s beloved book High Fidelity.

Lacy also stars opposite Martin Freeman in the new film Ode To Joy, which debuts in theaters and video on-demand services today.

Lacy plays Cooper, the caring but slightly shallow brother of Freeman’s Charlie, who suffers from cataplexy — a condition that causes him to pass out whenever he feels intense happiness.

Needless to say, when Charlie meets the woman of his dreams, Morena Baccarin’s Francesca, things don’t go the way he hopes.

While his character’s condition could be played for laughs, director Jason Winer and Freeman worked hard to present it with dignity, Lacy explains.

“There is like a frustration in being caught inside this circumstance…he can’t control,” says Lacy. “Like, ‘Do I pursue joy in my life or do I intentionally live a middle-of-the-road mundane existence to protect myself?'”

The offbeat romantic comedy also stars The Big Bang Theory‘s Melissa Rouch, and SNL veteran Jane Curtain.

Lacy also shared his screen test experience for The Office — which he was shocked to find out was right on the Dunder Mifflin set.

“It’s like if they added a bartender on Cheers and…then they were like, ‘Great. So come on behind the bar and then you and Sam will make some drinks…’ And you’re like, ‘What is happening!?'” he recalls of the intimidating experience.

“As a super fan, it was, like, trying to be professional and do my job [but]…It was just was so surreal. So strange.”

As for the news The Office was leaving Netflix next year, Lacy said, “I’m a fan of The Office…I mean like there’s Jake who was on this show and had a job. And then there’s also Jake who absolutely loves The Office. And so I identify on both sides: I heard that news and I was like, “Don’t do that! What are you doing?! Don’t take away that show! What’s wrong with you!'”

He added, “You know it’s…a very weird thing to have loved a show for a long time and then have like the one in a million good fortune of getting to be a part of it.”

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Wisconsin police planning to fight teen sexting with hefty fines

PeopleImages/iStock(PEWAUKEE, Wisc.) — A newly passed city ordinance will allow police in a small city in Wisconsin to issue fines against teens who send naked pictures or videos.

Pewaukee police chief Timothy Heier told ABC News that sexting was a persistent problem, and that the school resource officer at the local high school ended up spending a significant amount of time addressing it during the last school year.

“It seemed like this topic would come up on a weekly basis,” Heier said.

The police department drafted an ordinance that was approved by the village board earlier this week that would implement fines if someone is found to have sent a nude photo of themselves or others.

Heier said that a first-time offender will be charged $439, and a second offense will result in a $628 fine. The police department based those fines on the amount an adult is fined for disorderly conduct.

The point is not to enrich the city and the police department, but rather an attempt to change the behavior of young people, Heier said.

“We’re here to stop their actions and make them think of the consequences for their actions,” he said. “These decisions that they make now are things that can affect them for the rest of their lives.”

Once a picture is sent, it can be shared again over a long period of time and “we need to engage our children educate our children,” Heier said.

Because the new policy is in the form of an ordinance rather than a law, Heier said that any offenses relating to this would be kept on a juvenile municipal record, which would not be made public and does not count as a criminal record.

If someone offends more than twice, “we’d have to review it at that point and determine if we have the option of going with state charges,” Heier said.

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President Trump: Kaepernick should be signed ‘if he’s good enough’

Sports News President Trump: Kaepernick should be signed 'if he's good enough'

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump said Friday that Colin Kaepernick should be signed by an NFL team “if he’s good enough.”

The president was asked about Kaepernick while speaking with the media outside the White House. That happened just one day after Kaepernick posted a video to Twitter showing himself working out in a gym. He says he has been working out five days a week for three years since he last played in the NFL.

“If he was good enough, they’d hire him,” Trump said Friday. “Why wouldn’t he play if he was good enough?”

Trump cited his relationship with New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, saying “if he’s good enough” someone would sign him.

“Frankly I’d love to see Kaepernick come in,” Trump added. “But I don’t want to see him come in because someone thinks it’s a good PR move.”

Kaepernick drew attention in 2016 when he began kneeling during the nationl anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality. In 2017, Trump said such protests were “hurting the game” and suggested owners should release players who protest.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract in March 2017 and hasn’t been signed since. He later filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging that teams are colluding against signing him to a contract.

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Trump praises ‘very beautiful letter from Kim Jong Un amid frozen nuclear talks, tension over military exercises

Political News Trump praises 'very beautiful letter from Kim Jong Un amid frozen nuclear talks, tension over military exercises

Tasos Katopodis(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump said on Friday that he received another letter from North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on Thursday amid stalled talks over the regime’s nuclear weapons program and Kim’s recent missile launches.

Trump said the missive was three pages, hand-delivered, “very positive,” and “really beautiful,” speaking to reporters as he left the White House.

The note is not the only message Kim has sent the U.S. Over the course of two weeks, North Korea has launched four rounds of short-range ballistic missile, although Trump again dismissed those tests Friday.

“There have been no nuclear tests. The missile tests have all been short-range, no ballistic missile tests, no long-range missiles,” Trump said, although the Pentagon has determined that all four rounds were of short-range ballistic missiles.

Those launches have been both a way for the regime to enhance its missile capability and to send a message to the U.S. and South Korea to halt its joint military exercises that it considers “war games” and a pretext to an invasion of the North.

“He wasn’t happy with the war games… I’ve never liked it either,” Trump said. “You know why? I don’t like paying for it.”

In March, the U.S. and South Korea halted their large-scale spring military exercise in order to give Trump’s diplomatic efforts space. That annual exercise was routinely protested by Pyongyang as provocative.

Instead, the U.S. has been holding new exercises at lower command levels to allow both U.S. and South Korean forces to maintain their readiness, including the ongoing exercises now which are largely computer simulated.

Trump expressed support for those because they also involve South Korea taking command of joint military forces on the peninsula to combat North Korea: “I like that because that’s what should happen.”

Despite Trump and Kim’s overall displeasure with exercises, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday there are no plans to scale back future military exercises “at this point.”

The letter comes as the U.S. continues to wait for North Korea to launch working-level talks on the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” that the two leaders agreed to at their first summit in Singapore.

Esper visited South Korea Friday for a series of meetings, telling South Korean President Moon Jae In that the U.S. hopes to schedule talks “as early as possible,” according to Moon’s office.

Those talks were set to start “probably around the middle of” July, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on June 30 after Trump and Kim met briefly at the Demilitarized Zone between the North and South.

After nearly six weeks, however, the two sides haven’t met. Pompeo said Wednesday his special envoy Stephen Biegun and his team are “planning for negotiations in a couple of weeks.” When asked by a reporter whether the missile launches are “dampening the environment” for talks, Pompeo responded flatly: “No.”

Analysts say there will be no progress without working-level negotiations on how to dismantle the regime’s nuclear weapons program and lift United Nations sanctions, even if there is another summit between Trump and Kim.

Pompeo said last month there were no plans for one, although Trump said Friday they could meet again.

Trump also touted the success of his engagement with Kim in bringing home the remains of U.S. service members killed in the Korean War. North Korea handed over 55 sets of remains in July 2018, but since then, the Pentagon office tasked with handling the issue has halted operations because North Korea has stopped engaging them.

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